June 29, 2022

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New Helicopters Headed to Andrews

Andrews

Joint Base Andrews, MD, will be the next location to receive the new MH-139 helicopter. The Grey Wolf will replace the aging UH-1N Huey and expand the base’s fleet size.

Nominations Due for TPP Member of Year

Member of Year

Nominations are open for The Patuxent Partnership Member of the Year Award. The deadline for nominations is today, April 5.

Deployments in Europe Likely to Remain Into Summer

Europe

The Pentagon said that thousands of troops mobilized over the past few months to Eastern Europe will most likely remain into the summer. DoD also announced that the US will send additional aid to Ukraine: $300 million more in military supplies, including drones, laser-guided missiles, armored vehicles, and machine guns.

TPP Seeks Member of Yr. Nominees

Member of Year

Nominations are open for The Patuxent Partnership Member of the Year Award. They will be accepted until April 5.

Milestone for Marines F-35C Squadron

F-36C

The Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 Black Knights are the first Marine Corps F-35C squadron to achieve full operational capability.

Italian Carrier Readies for Its 1st F-35B

Italian Sea Trials

Italy’s ITS Cavour will receive its first F-35B this month after the aircraft carrier started certification work in the US earlier this year. Final checks are being conducted at Cameri air base. The assembly facility is expected to turn out 90 F-35s for Italy, including 30 F-35Bs. The Cavour began its certification in February 2021 out of Naval Station Norfolk, VA.

DoD Reassessing Mideast Involvement

Middle East

The Pentagon sets about to review troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq after the recent reduction of US troops, investigate a Red Sea port in Saudi Arabia and an additional two airfields in the kingdom amid heightened tensions with Iran, and conduct joint, and holding live-fire training exercises for US and the United Arab Emirates forces, in the UAE,

New Faces, New Policies, New Administration

President Joe Biden was expected to quickly sign executive orders on the coronavirus, immigration, and climate following an inauguration completed under unprecedented security. Before inauguration Biden already had new faces in DoD, worried Wall Street, and ask for another DefSec waiver.

2nd DefSec Waiver Faces Struggle

Waiver DefSec

The principle of civilian control of the military is at stake, say an increasing number of Democrats opposed to a waiver that would allow President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for Secretary of Defense to move forward. The US DefSec must be separated seven years from the military. GEN Lloyd Austin retired four years ago. The same waiver was sought by President Trump and received for former DefSec James Mattis.

Jammer Maintenance Plans Put to the Test

Jammer

US Navy sailors recently tested the validity of the Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band capability’s maintenance plans and technical manuals during a recent logistics demonstration at NAS Patuxent River, MD.